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2017 Chicagoland Research Symposium

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging invites you to join the 2017 Chicagoland Research Symposium for researchers in the field of aging. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with other local researchers to exchange ideas, discuss current projects, and perhaps plant seeds for partnerships.

You’ll hear from leading researchers in the field of aging, and have a chance to browse poster presentations or present a poster on your own research.

This half-day symposium is open to all interested researchers, and there is no cost to attend. Preregistration is required; please use the form at the bottom of this page.

Friday, October 13
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Gleacher Center (University of Chicago, downtown building)
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago

9:00–9:30 a.m.                 Networking and Poster Presentations
9:30–9:40 a.m.                 Welcome and Introductions
9:40-10:15 a.m.                Keynote Speaker
10:15–10:30 a.m.             Break
10:30–11:15 a.m.             Panel 1: Researching Diverse Older Populations
11:15–noon                      Panel 2: Aged to Perfection


Keynote: Joys, Barriers, and Everyday Life: On Being Old (Not Older) in Contemporary Society
Martha Holstein, PhD, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
Using the filter of everyday life, Dr. Holstein explores the complexities of being old in a society that does its very best to make old disappear as a valued time in human life. Despite more than 30 years of effort to displace the once-dominant paradigm that old age is primarily a time of decline and loss, “old” is still popularly seen in terms of physical and mental incapacities. Much that is joyous, indeed unique and valuable, about old age takes second place to claiming or demonstrating that one is “not old.” Further, the almost unrelenting stress of the positive has important political and personal consequences that serve as barriers to a decent life when we are old.  

Panel #1: Researching Diverse Older Populations
A panel of researchers with extensive experience conducting research with a variety of older adult populations shares insights into issues relating to research of minority populations.

Naoko Muramatsu, PhD, Associate Professor, Community Health Services, School of Public Health, and Fellow, Institute for Health Research and Policy,  University of Illinois at Chicago
Lissette Piedra, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work and Department of Latina/Latino Studies
Robert M. Galatzer-Levy, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at University of Chicago and Faculty Analyst at Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
Karen Graham,  Rush College of Nursing, and  Community Relations, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Panel #2: Aged to Perfection
Since 2015, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and St. John’s on the Lake senior living community have offered an introductory course on aging that is co-created and co-taught by St. John’s residents. This panel highlights the experiences and perspectives of the administrators at both UWM and St. John’s, older-adult instructors, and students. The aim of this panel is to hear a variety of perspectives on what makes this course and intergenerational initiatives more broadly successful and meaningful for all involved.

Rachelle Alioto, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Director of Education and Programming at Center for Aging and Translational Research
Donna Spars, Vice President & Director of LifeStreams, St. John’s on the Lake
St. John’s residents
UWM students

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For additional information, contact Roscoe Nicholson at rnicholson@matherlifeways.com.

Researchers are encouraged to submit poster presentations for the symposium. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 25. We will print the first 10 posters accepted, and a $250 prize will be awarded for the best entry.
For more information, visit the online poster submissions site.